This movie follows a day in the life of Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), a Hollywood fixer for Capitol Pictures in the 1950s, who cleans up and solves problems for big names and stars in the industry. But when studio star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) disappears, Mannix has to deal with more than just the fix.Written by
In the editing suite, the female editor is seen smoking as she operates the editing machine. Since the film is set in the early 50s, the film would have been nitrate which was highly inflammable. Potentially, the whole studio could have burnt down.
In 1951, film production was transitioning away from nitrate to safety (non-flammable) film stock. The fact that only one frame is burns indicates that the editor was working with safety film. Had it been nitrate, the entire reel would probably have caught fire. See more »
It is 5.00 AM. Still shank of night for some. But, for Eddie Mannix, beginning of a new work day. The movie studio for which he works manufactures stories. Each, it's own daylit drama, or moonlit dream. But, the work of Essie Mannix cares not for day or night. And cares little for his rest.
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At the end of the closing credits there is a disclaimer that reads "This motion picture contains no visual depiction of the godhead." See more »
Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake (on Guzheng)
Written by Wencheng Lu
Performed by Carol of the Sound of China Guzheng Music
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Not as good as I hoped but amusing
You see trailers for Hail, Caesar! and you expect lots of 1950s high jinx on set during the last decade of the glory days of the Studio System. Lots of homages and nods to real Hollywood actors. Clooney plays the main actor cast in the film within film of the Crucifixion (good for Easter release) and the centurion at the base of the cross who says "surely this man in the Son of God" etc. Brolin plays the Studio Fixer who dances around Press, covers up scandal and sees that everything runs smoothly. Clooney gets kidnapped. Channing does some entertaining Gene-Kelly-esque "there are no dames" songs whilst looking like he has painted on cheekbones, cameos all over the place. Cohen Brothers' films are generally brilliant, and this is funny, but it's not as good as was expected. The laughs get tired, the film is a bit too long and when you emerge from the cinema you think, "what was that really about?" The film is a weaving of small plots which are good viewing but are shallow. I expected more than the communist subplot and the confessional bookends of story underlining generally good guy in a challenging world. For all the stars, and kudos, it's disappointing and if it wasn't for the stellar cast, or the writer's status, I don't think this would have made it to the cinema... Funny, and a good date night film.
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